Pre-Professional Training Program


The Dance Center of San Antonio offers pre-professional training that provides your child with the necessary preparation for a career in professional dance. DCSA's pre-professional training program is open to students ranging from ages 6 through 18 and consists of 2 divisions, the After School Program and Day Program. The After School Program is designed to give students the best possible foundation, focusing on the development of technique, esthetic and artistry, as well as to instill a love and joy for dancing. In addition, it is our goal to help students develop work ethic, confidence, and leadership skills to prepare them for whatever their future may hold. The Day Program provides essential training to our most advanced and dedicated students - dancers in this division meet during the day to allow for increased hours of training as they work to perfect the skills learned in the foundational levels. For the Day Program students, there is a greater emphasis on mastering their artistry and performance, with a goal to prepare them for professional careers in dance.

All pre-professional students are trained in the Vaganova technique by experienced teachers, including artistic director Vanessa Bessler who was named "Outstanding Teacher" by the Youth America Grand Prix in both Houston and Austin in both 2016 and 2017 and Lauren Ader-Cumpston. Training in Classical Ballet is supplemented by contemporary dance as well as cross training in Pilates and Progressing Ballet Technique (for more information on cross-training, click here).

Students in the Pre-professional program are also given the opportunity to participate in unparalleled performance opportunities through The Children's Ballet of San Antonio and are encouraged to participate in high-level competitions such as The Youth America Grand Prix. Through our program, we also connect students with various dance personalities from the national and international stage, providing invaluable contribution to their development.

Our students have received numerous awards at the YAGP competitions and scholarships for Summer Intensive Programs including the Bolshoi Academy, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Harid Conservatory, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet, New Generations Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet . Our students have also been invited to attend the year-round training program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Houston Ballet Academy.


Acceptance into the Pre-professional track is by invitation only - please contact us today to schedule a placement class for your dancer,
We would love to be a part of training your child for their future!


For more information about our Pre-professional Training Program Schedule and Registration Information please contact us today or register here!

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Congratulations to our students for their success at the 2018 YAGP Competitions and to all scholarship recipients!